From humble beginnings in a back bedroom in Northampton, England, The Running Bug has grown to become the largest social network for runners with more than 1 million monthly users.

Our mission today is still the same as it was then – to be the most supportive community for runners of all abilities. Our aim is to get everyone active and keep you active, whether that’s jogging around the park at weekends, helping you run your first 10k, or improving your marathon time.

Join today – its free – and invite your friends and meet new buddies, receive training plans from 5ks through to ultra marathons, discover the best recipes and food nutrition plans, log and share your runs on bugmiles with any tracking device or app, find your next event from the largest directory of running events in the UK and receive the best tips and advice on your mobile and online anytime you want them.

Any questions? If so, just email us at support@therunningbug.co.uk.

Thanks for joining The Running Bug!


Meet the team

Joe

Bug Founder Sandman Joe

Do you have a nickname?
Sandman. Got it after running Marathon Des Sables for the second time.
What do you love about running?
It helps everything make sense
Furthest you've ever run?
In one day? 90km in the Amazon - took 21.5 hours. 5 swamps, 4 river crossings. In one race? 250km in the Sahara
What other sports do you enjoy?
Watching England thrash the Aussies at Lords
What's your dream ambition?
I'm lucky enough to have lived my dream already - want to help everyone else do the same - hence, The Bug was born
Sum up what you do at The Bug in a sentence…
Come up with a load of ideas and let everyone else have the fun of implementing!


Neil

Director of Sales Neil Bug

Do you have a nickname?
Take your pick! Nelly; T-bag; ginger ninja; lean runner bean (Twitter name)
What do you love about running?
Sounds corny, but the freedom and sense of adventure. And the numerous positive effects of just putting on a pair of trainers and getting out there. Not forgetting the bi-product of chocolate consumption.
Furthest you've ever run?
28 miles – my first London Marathon where I did a lot of weaving!
What other sports do you enjoy?
Football, tennis, golf. Is watching films a sport??
What's your dream ambition?
My running goal was to run a sub-3 marathon – check. Outside of running: to visit every (hospitable) country in the world. Learn to surf. Own a pub. Not necessarily in that order.
Sum up what you do at The Bug in a sentence…
I'm the money man. Don't leave anything on your desk, or I'll sell it. Looking at inventive and creative ways to work with running brands.


Neil

Commercial Manager Virgil Bug

Do you have a nickname?
Potter, as in Harry. A Spanish waiter once told me I looked like the boy wizard much to the delight of my friends and it stuck.
What do you love about running?
It gives my mind freedom.
Furthest you've ever run?
The 2016 London Marathon. Truly an incredible experience and I’m now hooked.
What other sports do you enjoy?
I’m sport mad so all sports but I play tennis and football regularly.
What's your dream ambition?
To continue raising as much money for the charity Missing People.
Sum up what you do at The Bug in a sentence…
I help running brands to talk to fellow bugs by managing all the processes it involves. If it can be done, I’m the man to ask!


Parit

Head of Technology Parit Bug

Do you have a nickname?
Nope.
What do you love about running?
That great feeling after a run of being able spend the evening on the PlayStation without feeling guilty.
Furthest you've ever run?
Probably around 5k
What other sports do you enjoy?
I love playing football and watching the mighty Arsenal!
What's your dream ambition?
To manage Arsenal. On a more serious note, to make The Running Bug the best running site out there!
Sum up what you do at The Bug in a sentence…
I make the team's awesome ideas into reality


Tom

Frontend Developer Tom Bug

Do you have a nickname?
No - just Tom.
What do you love about running?
I don't really - I just work here.
Furthest you've ever run?
A 10K sponsored run when I was 13.
What other sports do you enjoy?
Badminton as you can play while holding a drink/snack.
What's your dream ambition?
To own an orchard.
Sum up what you do at The Bug in a sentence…
I engineer pages on the site from the lovely designs provided by our designer Matt Bug.


Talha

Technical Developer Talha Bug

Do you have a nickname?
No nicknames.
What do you love about running?
One thing I love about running is that it gets me from a to b faster than walking would, and it's free.
Furthest you've ever run?
Haven't really run far to be honest but my fondest running moments involve consistently coming first in races... this was mostly in primary school and it all started going downhill from there.
What other sports do you enjoy?
Have an interest in boxing and mixed martial arts but don't try myself because I'm too lazy and don't want to get hurt.
What's your dream ambition?
Would be nice to one day live in a log cabin atop a remote, snow-capped, mountain - fresh air, fresh water, and clear skies.
Sum up what you do at The Bug in a sentence…
Add new features for bugs to enjoy while at the same time repairing any problems with existing stuff.